I realize that there are similar posts that are old (http://www.fountainp...-fountain-pens/) and several blogs that talk about 10 (0r 20) things to do with fountain pens.
This is more of a my own check-list of things to explore with fountain pens - just sharing with you - I am also curious to know what you all do with your pens...
- Please share what activity that involves your fountain pens that interests you most...
- Please share what activity involving fountain pens would you like to explore in the future (something that you are not doing now)....
What I do currently with fountain pens:
- Use it for utility (note-taking, regular work, journal-writing)
- Practice to improve my own handwriting
- Pulling apart and re-assembling inexpensive pens to understand their anatomy
- Just appreciating the form and beauty and style of writing of pens
What I wish to explore in the coming months to years:
- Learn to write specific handwriting styles (specifically - Palmer, Spencerian, D'Nealian)
- Learn to how to use a flex-nib pen and use it for regular writing
- Decorate my handwriting with variable-width-writing pen (eg. stub nib)
- Experience writing with different nib sizes (I have so far used only Fine and Medium) - I will try B, BB, stub, italic, oblique, Architect and flex nibs
- Learn to how to use a cursive italic and sharp italic nib for basic calligraphy
- Learn calligraphic writing in my regional language script
- Buy a magnifying glass and use it to study the structure of different nibs
- Learn how to repair common problems in fountain pens confidently
- Learn and Practice a new regional script (new language script)
- Writing something original and creative (never wrote or said anything original so far in life)
- Write famous quotes, photograph them and put them on a blog (second best option if there is nothing original to write)
- Learn drawing/sketching with pens
- Visit a pen-manufacturing unit and watch the craftsman at work
- Learn to smooth-en the nib and grind the nib
- Collect pens with different styles of ink-filling (eyedropper, convertor, sac, piston-filling etc)
- Collect at least 1 pen made in each country in the world, and in each state within my country [as far as feasible expense-wise and availability-wise].
- Collect an unusually slim fountain pen, and an unusually fat fountain pen.
- Collect an unusually short fountain pen, and an unusually long fountain pen.
- Explore inks with different colors (depending on cost and availability of inks this may or may not happen)
Please share your checklists and help me expand mine!